I mentioned in my last post that David and I have been juggling a lot of projects lately. It’s all good stuff, but we’ve been working our creative muscles for sure.
I wrapped up a couple of these projects, and I’m excited to tell you about them!
First, I spoke at the Iowa VegFest last weekend. The fest, organized by Amira Khatib, was a huge success!
When David and I arrived about a half an hour after the fest started, the community center was packed. There were lots of vegan-friendly businesses offering samples and information.
Trumpet Blossom, Iowa’s only vegan restaurant, was there, along with Dirt Burger, Big Acai Bowls, and Veggie Thumper. There were lines for food – both inside and at the food trucks outside.Then outside in the park was the speaker’s pavilion. In addition to my talk, there were also talks by Melanie Jacobs, who has a rooster micro sanctuary in Minnesota, YouTuber Mic the Vegan, and a yoga session lead by Ben Spellman. Thais Carnall was the emcee.
I spoke on the topic of Going Vegan – For Good. The idea came to me earlier this year when I celebrated 10 years of being vegan. I thought about how when I made that decision – I knew I was going vegan for good. It was for good – in that it was a lifetime decision. And it was for good – in that it was a way to live my values of compassion, and to not cause suffering when there’s another way.I was a little worried that the record-breaking heat we were experiencing might keep people from venturing out to the pavilion. However, an engaged and friendly audience weathered the shade-less seating area to watch. Several of my family members came for the talk, as well, which was a nice surprise.
After the 35-minute talk, I fielded some really great questions from the audience. Then I headed back inside to leisurely stroll around the fest, now that the pressure was off. I also had a chance to talk with a few blog readers, which I always love.
Iowa Farm Sanctuary on Corridor Characters
The second project that’s been keeping me busy is that I wrote and photographed a personality piece on Shawn and Jered Camp, co-founders of Iowa Farm Sanctuary, for a website called Corridor Characters. It’s kind of like a long-form Humans of New York, but focused on Eastern Iowans.
The piece showcases not only Jered and Shawn and what lead them to open the sanctuary, but also the animals who live there and their difficult pasts.
I’m really happy with how the piece turned out. I hope you’ll check it out!
Speaking of Iowa Farm Sanctuary, they are having a party next month on October 15th for Carl’s birthday. (You may remember Carl from the video and post I did last year about his arrival at Iowa Farm Sanctuary.) As of this writing, there are a few tickets left.
It sounds like it’s going to be a really cool event with cake from Chicago Diner, Cam Awesome as the emcee, and I’ll be doing a cooking demo. I’m going to show how to make Three Bean Chili. It would be great to see you there!